Two lanes of Thai-Belgian bridge open to traffic
The two inbound lanes of the Thai-Belgian Flyover near Lumpini Park in Bangkok were re-opened yesterday afternoon, following a blaze that broke out in garbage bins under this four-lane bridge on Tuesday morning.
An inspection of the bridge found that the structure of the two inbound lanes sustained only minimal damage in the fire. However, the outbound lanes heading towards Klong Toei, were severely damaged and will be closed for repairs for 45 days.
During the repair period, the two undamaged lanes will be used for both incoming and outgoing traffic during normal hours, said Metropolitan Police Bureau’s traffic commander Pol Maj General Jirasan Kaewsaeng-ek.
During the morning rush hours, from 6am to 10am, both lanes will be reserved for inbound traffic, and during the evening rush hours, from 3pm to 8pm, the two lanes will be carry only outbound traffic.
Trucks of six wheels and above, buses and motorcycles will be prohibited from using the two lanes at all times.
Motorists wishing more information can contact the traffic police command centre at 1197 around the clock, or visit www.trafficpolice.go.th, or use the smartphone application “Police I Lert U”.
The police investigation into the Tuesday fire, which damaged 100 new garbage bins inside a storage cage under the flyover, is ongoing. It is suspected that a homeless person or a passing motorist discarding a lit cigarette butt, may have inadvertently caused the fire.